Two alleged Russian spies arrested in Germany

Apr18,2024



Berlin: Two German-Russian men were arrested in Bavaria on suspicion of spying for Russia and planning explosions and arson attacks to undermine military support for Berlin. ukraineGerman prosecutors said on Thursday.
The pair has only been identified as Dieter S. And Alexander J. was arrested in the southeastern city of Bayreuth Germany On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
The main accused, Dieter S. Is accused of spying on potential targets for attacks “including U.S. armed forces facilities” stationed in Germany.
Police officials also searched the residences and workplaces of the two men on Wednesday.
He is suspected of “being active for a foreign intelligence service”, which prosecutors described as a “particularly serious case” of espionage.
According to prosecutors, Dieter S. was exchanging information with a person associated with Russian Intelligence services are discussing possible sabotage acts from October 2023.
“In particular, these actions were aimed at undermining the military assistance provided to Ukraine from Germany against Russian aggression,” prosecutors said.
The accused reportedly expressed readiness to “carry out explosive and arson attacks primarily on military infrastructure and industrial sites in Germany”.
For this, Dieter S. Collected information about potential targets “including U.S. armed forces facilities.”
He said that co-accused Alexander J started assisting him by March 2024 at the latest.
Dieter S. Detected some potential targets by taking photographs and video of military transport and equipment. He then allegedly shared the information with his contact person.
Dieter S. also faces a separate charge of belonging to a foreign terrorist organization, as prosecutors strongly suspect that he was a fighter for an armed unit of the so-called “People's Republic of Donetsk” in eastern Ukraine in 2014–2016.
Germany has been rocked by a number of cases of alleged spying for Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, amid suggestions that officials in Berlin are too sympathetic to Moscow.
A former German intelligence officer is currently on trial in Berlin, accused of passing information to Moscow that showed Germany had access to details of Russian mercenary operations in Ukraine. He denies the allegations.
And in November 2022, a German man was given a suspended sentence for passing information to Russian intelligence services while working as a reserve officer for the German army.



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